Erin Curtin and Megan Farrell have been volunteering with us as literacy development tutors for a year and a half at Kennedy Elementary School! Both young women attend Providence College with dreams of becoming teachers one day, and co-founded the Providence College Education Club in order to connect PC students with opportunities to volunteer in education. When asked how she got involved in volunteering initially, Erin adds “that as students with the privilege of going to college, it is our duty to give back.” Amazingly, the club has grown from only the two founding members to over 31 volunteers this semester!
As education majors at PC, volunteering has helped both Erin and Megan develop their skills as future teachers, and both feel that volunteering at the school is the highlight of their weeks! Though it can be easy to show up at her school on Monday mornings in a bad mood, Megan says that the students “always have a way of brightening my day” and that it’s easy to leave happy “because you can feel that you made a difference.”
Both Erin and Megan agree – one of the most valuable things they can give to the students in their classrooms is their attention. From students who are far behind in the curriculum to those who need motivation and guidance to succeed, having a volunteer in a classroom makes a world of difference!
We are so inspired by these two volunteers – not only by what they give individually as volunteers to our community, but also for their drive and dedication in creating the Education Club and coordinating its growth and partnership with Inspiring Minds!